Blog https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/category/blog en National Alliance Alumni Intern Profile: David Segura, KIPP Austin College Prep https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/11/23/national-alliance-alumni-intern-profile-david-segura-kipp-austin-college <span>National Alliance Alumni Intern Profile: David Segura, KIPP Austin College Prep</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/18/2020 - 11:39</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/kyle-breckenridge" hreflang="en">Kyle Breckenridge</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-11-23T12:00:00Z">November 23, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-11/Blog%20%28250px%29%20%286%29.png?itok=VRq2uXhM" width="250" height="250" alt="National Alliance Alumni Intern David Segura" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This #GivingTuesday, December 1, consider a <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/donate"><strong>donation in support of the National Alliance Alumni Intern Program</strong></a> to help students like David.</em></p> <p> </p> <p>With the pandemic limiting options for young adults entering the workforce, the National Alliance is committed to hiring charter school alumni for all our internships. These paid internships provide real-world experience and training that can easily translate into a variety of fields. </p> <p>We're helping students like David Segura gain experience in their field of choice and pursue their career goals. David will be working with the National Alliance as an intern in strategic initiatives, where he will help us build a database of charter school supporters across the nation.</p> <p><span><span><span>David is an alumnus of KIPP Austin College Prep middle school and KIPP Austin Collegiate high school. After attending KIPP, he attended the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated this May with a major in </span></span></span><span><span><span>marketing and a minor in management information systems. He is a first-generation college graduate and previously interned for the KIPP Foundation, Accenture, and ABC Home &amp; Commercial Services.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>I sat down with David to discuss his career goals and what working at the National Alliance means to him:</span></span></span></p> <h4><strong><span><span><span><span><span>How did attending a charter school impact your education and professional outcomes?</span></span></span></span></span></strong></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>KIPP taught me a lot and made me think about college from an early age. Students who go to KIPP are there because they want to improve their lives. We all go in with that common goal and it just elevates all of us.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Professionally, KIPP inspired me to want to give back to my community. I am very grateful for all the support KIPP provided me and it makes me want to return the favor. I want to help more people from underserved communities to break the glass ceiling. I just need to find my career footing first.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span><span><strong>How has the pandemic impacted your professional opportunities</strong>? </span></span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Professionally, the pandemic has made it a lot more difficult to find a full-time job since a lot of businesses have lowered the number of employees they hire. Having to work from home has also limited my professional development because</span></span></span></span></span>—<span><span><span><span><span>although it has its perks</span></span></span></span></span>—<span><span><span><span><span>I’m still not getting the same level of instruction that comes with in-person interaction.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Mentally, this pandemic has led to a lot of stress and self-doubt. I’m stressed out because I want to start my professional career, but there are very limited opportunities. This then leads to self-doubt because I start believing that I am not good enough to compete in this job market. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>What project are you most excited to work on during your time with the <span>National Alliance Alumni Intern Program?</span>  </span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I am excited to bring awareness to more people about the impact of charter schools. As a former charter school student, I know how life-changing attending one of these schools can be. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I am currently building out a list of charter school supporters and the next step will be to reach out to this list and see if they want to support the National Alliance. I am adding to my skill set by learning how to use new tools that I can apply in my career. For example, I will get the opportunity to work with a CRM tool called Raiser’s Edge. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I want to go into the field of data analytics, but a lot of entry-level jobs in this field require some previous experience working with data. This project will provide me with that experience, allowing me to have a stronger profile when I apply for these roles. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <h4><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>What are your career goals, and how does your current internship support that</strong>? </span></span></span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want to do in the future. I realized that I chose the wrong major and wish I would have studied finance instead. I realize that it might be a long shot to try to find a finance position without a finance degree and that is why I would like to go into the field of data science, either as a data analyst or a business intelligence analyst.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>My current internship supports my career goal by allowing me to work with data and learn to use CRM tools. Most importantly, I am building experience I can add to my resume which is what employers value most.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>I am very grateful to KIPP and the National Alliance for allowing me to join their teams during these difficult times and build experience.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/donate"><img alt="Donate to the Charter School Alumni Intern Program for Giving Tuesday" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="87a41455-1dc8-4f64-b2b1-953f5509b411" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/Copy%20of%20Green%20Bold%20Nonprofit%20Email%20Header.png" class="align-center" /></a> <p> </p> <p><em>Kyle Breckenridge is the senior manager of strategic initiatives for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24498&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="p9UmGIMXir4ZH0-uCLnrIaDbu5D6IAkbEXXBJct1iYY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 16:39:58 +0000 Melinda 24498 at https://www.publiccharters.org District-Charter Partnerships Offer Another Route to Charter Expansion https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/11/20/district-charter-partnerships-offer-another-route-charter-expansion <span>District-Charter Partnerships Offer Another Route to Charter Expansion</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/20/2020 - 13:25</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-11-20T12:00:00Z">November 20, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-11/shutterstock_543100657%20%281%29.png?itok=FC3O3NGT" width="250" height="250" alt="School Building Exterior" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>Taxpayers own public school buildings, which should be available to all public school students. But as charter operators know, that’s not the reality. Access to affordable school buildings is one of the biggest obstacles to expanding charter schools. Yet in many of our cities, school districts have empty or half-empty buildings.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The logical solution—districts selling or leasing facilities to charter operators—is often rejected by district leaders, for political reasons. This is particularly egregious in cities like Washington, D.C., and New York City, where thousands of low-income students are on waitlists for charter school seats.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Happily, a better model is emerging. More than a dozen urban districts are partnering with nonprofit organizations to turn around failing schools, and that partnership usually includes a free district facility. This should interest charter school operators who fit the bill. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>This new model has been implemented in Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Tulsa, Okla., Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, Camden, N.J., as well as Lawrence and Springfield, Mass., and Grand Prairie, Spring Branch, Midland, and Beaumont, Tex. The autonomous schools in these districts are known by various names: typically innovation schools, Renaissance schools, or partnership schools. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>In these cities, it’s shaping up to be a win-win-win for charter schools, families, and districts. Charter operators get better funding and free facilities, allowing them to put more money in the classroom. And while they are autonomous, they are also part of a district, often viewed more as partners than enemies. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Families get better schools for their children, more choices, and often a variety of learning models to choose from (e.g. project-based, blended learning, Montessori, STEM, performing arts, etc.).</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Districts get high-performing organizations to turn around their worst schools, and they get credit under state accountability rules for the improvement these operators create. Districts also get an opportunity to learn from effective school operators. In Denver, for example, I’ve counted at least nine practices that emerged in charter schools but made the leap into district policy or district schools—everything from home visits by teachers to advisories to incubating new schools.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Finally, districts get to experience the governance paradigm that helps urban charter schools perform so much better than district-operated schools: significant autonomy for school operators, accountability for performance, a diversity of learning models to meet the needs of diverse students, choice for families, and competition between public schools. In a few districts, led by Indianapolis Public Schools, leaders have extended this approach to many of their district-operated schools.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>There is always the danger that the teacher unions and their anti-charter allies will win school board elections and end the détente with in-district autonomous schools. If that happens, schools can continue as independent charter schools, but may lose their district buildings. If there are enough of them, however, and if parents are happy with them, districts will face political headwinds in evicting them.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>At the Progressive Policy Institute, we believe our urban and large suburban districts need to adopt this new paradigm fully, to meet the needs of their students. To help make that happen, we have published <a href="https://www.progressivepolicy.org/publication/the-third-way-a-guide-to-implementing-innovation-schools/">The Third Way: A Guide to Implementing Innovation Schools</a>, which includes model state legislation to create permission and incentives for districts to do this.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Some states already have such legislation, including Indiana, Texas, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Georgia. If you think it might be time to push your state to pass a similar bill, we hope you will <a href="mailto:info@ppionline.org">get in touch with us</a>. We would love to help.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><span><span>David Osborne, author of Reinventing America’s Schools: Creating a 21st Century Education System, directs the K-12 education work of the Progressive Policy Institute.</span></span></em></p></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24527&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="E3nzZ4fWVoBMuT5vZF7q1ExdCrmQPA6zkZp_-j23ozs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 20 Nov 2020 18:25:06 +0000 Melinda 24527 at https://www.publiccharters.org Charter Schools Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/11/16/charter-schools-serving-students-experiencing-homelessness <span>Charter Schools Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/13/2020 - 10:55</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/fiona-sheridan-mciver" hreflang="en">Fiona Sheridan-McIver</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-11-16T12:00:00Z">November 16, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-11/Student%20Backpack%20%28250px%29.png?itok=10L7I5sr" width="250" height="250" alt="Student with backpack from behind" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Around the country, there are approximately 1.5 million school-age children experiencing homelessness, including thousands served by public charter schools. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For students experiencing homelessness, education can be truly life-altering and charter schools have the opportunity to leverage their flexibility and autonomy to meet these students’ unique needs. Many charter schools have built exemplary school environments that meet students’ basic needs and support their education. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The National Alliance is proud to partner with <a href="https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/"><strong>SchoolHouse Connection</strong></a>—a national nonprofit organization working to overcome homelessness through education—to offer charter schools resources on how to support students experiencing homelessness in their communities.</span></span></span></p> <h3><strong><span><span><span>Defining Homelessness</span></span></span></strong></h3> <p><span><span><span>Homelessness is extremely destabilizing and stressful for children. It makes it difficult for students to engage meaningfully in school, leaving students more likely to be suspended or expelled and increases the likelihood of dropping out. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The term “homeless” may conjure up images of sleeping on a park bench or staying at an emergency shelter, however the federal definition of homelessness includes a much broader range of unstable living situations that impact a child’s well-being. Federal law defines homelessness as “lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.”</span></span></span></p> <h3><strong><span><span><span>Legal Responsibilities and Opportunities</span></span></span></strong></h3> <p><span><span><span>The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides rights and services for students experiencing homelessness and requires charter schools—like all public schools—to identify, enroll, and serve students experiencing homelessness. </span></span></span><span><span><span>Our <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/how-charter-schools-can-support-students-experiencing-homelessness"><strong>Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness in Charter Schools Toolkit</strong></a>, produced in collaboration with SchoolHouse Connection, explains the basic legal requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act and highlights best practices from the charter school community. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>With greater autonomy and flexibility, c</span></span><span><span>harter schools have an opportunity to serve students experiencing homelessness particularly well. Many charter schools are designed to serve specific communities and can be nimble in response to changing needs.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>An upcoming report from SchoolHouse Connection will take a more in-depth look at how charter schools are addressing homelessness across the country. Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., for example, where 21% of students are identified as homeless, is deeply invested in providing social-emotional support and wraparound services, including employing several social workers. Monte Del Sol Charter School in New Mexico works with community partners, including utility companies and health care providers, to help families with housing costs, utility bills, accessing medical care, and more. </span></span></p> <h3><strong><span><span><span>Meeting Student Needs during the COVID-19 Crisis</span></span></span></strong></h3> <p><span><span><span>Distance learning and other COVID-19 related disruptions to schooling mean it’s easier than ever for vulnerable students to slip through the cracks. School is a critical source of stability and basic services. Further, students experiencing homelessness face significant barriers to engaging fully with distance learning—including lack of access to WiFi, devices, and a stable location from which to participate—leaving them even further behind their peers. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As the pandemic continues, charter schools have the opportunity to put special focus on meeting the needs of vulnerable students and ensure they are able to participate in distance learning. SchoolHouse Connection’s forthcoming report also highlights how charter schools have responded to the COVID-19 crisis. Briya Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., for example, distributed Chromebooks to all students, provided every student a $100 debit card for groceries, and helped families connect to essential community services. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Students experiencing homelessness face significant barriers to accessing a high-quality education, especially given the additional challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Charter schools, however, have the opportunity to build systems that center student needs and serve children experiencing homelessness well. </span></span></span></p> <h3><strong><span><span><span>Resources on Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness in Charter Schools</span></span></span></strong></h3> <ul> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/how-charter-schools-can-support-students-experiencing-homelessness"><strong>Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness in Charter Schools Toolkit</strong></a><strong> </strong></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/sites/default/files/documents/2020-09/QA%20Serving%20Students%20Experiencing%20Homelessness%20in%20CharterSchools%20Layout%202.pdf"><strong>Selected Q&amp;A’s About Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness in Charter Schools</strong></a><strong> </strong></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2878893479590052867"><strong>Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness in Charter Schools Webinar</strong></a><strong> </strong></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/271977801732389891"><strong>Charter Schools Serving Students Experiencing Homelessness during the COVID-19 Crisis Webinar</strong></a></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><em>Fiona Sheridan-McIver is the senior manager of policy &amp; government relations for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24478&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="Hxb5nJGlzCe_vJJBuz_pugCKuHxkpeEzW8RJA2-FYVM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:55:41 +0000 Melinda 24478 at https://www.publiccharters.org Breaking Down the Charter School Data Dashboard https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/10/26/breaking-down-charter-school-data-dashboard <span>Breaking Down the Charter School Data Dashboard</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/15/2020 - 09:48</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/node/23465" hreflang="en">Yueting Xu</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-10-26T12:00:00Z">October 26, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-10/Charter%20School%20Data%20Dashboard%20Blog%20%28250px%29.png?itok=DN7owgBP" width="250" height="250" alt="Charter School Data Dashboard image for blog post" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Charter School Data Dashboard is the National Alliance’s first comprehensive online platform analyzing charter school data over time.</p> <p>On the Data Dashboard, researchers, school leaders, parents, and advocates will be able to obtain information on the size, growth, and locations of charter schools across the United States. Visitors also have a glimpse into the methodologies used to collect and handle the data from various administrative sources. The Data Dashboard can be used as the go-to resource when looking for the most recent data available on charter schools and will be updated regularly by the National Alliance research team.</p> <p>Here are a few tips on how to navigate the site:</p> <h3>Charter School Data Dashboard Landing Page</h3> <p>The main page of the Data Dashboard showcases national facts about charter schools along with data visualization of enrollment trends, school growth, locale, student demographics, and free and reduced lunch eligibility. These can be used to pull big-picture takeaways about charter schools and who they serve.</p> <p>To dig into more of the data, the four menu options—knowledge base, tables and figures, states, and the search feature—will get you what you need.</p> <h3>Charter School Data Knowledge Base</h3> <p>The knowledge base section of the site is where you’ll find the main articles and coinciding tables in the 2020 Charter School Data Digest. The page contains three parts—an overview of the digest and how to cite it, digestible excerpts from our research expanding on the data, and the tables and figures associated with the research.</p> <p>The main portion of the knowledge base, or charter school data digest, is where to find all our analyses on charter school enrollment share, serving population, locations, management and authorizers, and finance. Our methodologies used in the digest are also included.</p> <h3>Tables and Figures with Charter School and Student Data</h3> <p>We also know that some people may want to dig into the data on their own. With our tables and figures, you can filter the tables and figures by different subjects (e.g. enrollment, demographics, and locales) or by type (e.g. tables or maps). Each entry has its own dataset, methodology, and coordinating knowledge base article.</p> <h3>Charter School Data and Rankings by State</h3> <p>The main page of the state section provides an overview of state model law ranking and the number of charter schools and students in each state. More specific information on state charter school enrollment trends, student demographics, school and campus numbers, free and reduced lunch eligibility, and locales are provided on each of the individual state pages.</p> <p>On each individual state page, there’s a map tool you can use to find charter schools close to your location. Simply click the "Near Me" widget on the map header (the rightmost icon) and use the sliding scale to determine the distance range, you can view all charter schools in your desired range on the map. You can also use the filters to search results by school type: elementary, elementary-middle, elementary-high, middle, middle-high, and high school. Clicking on each school icon will give users access to more detailed information about each charter school.</p> <h3>Search Tool for the Data Dashboard</h3> <p>We know we have a lot of data here. To ensure you find exactly what you need, we’ve added a quick search function. The search function retrieves all the results from the data dashboard relevant to your search. Interested in learning more about management organizations? Type “management” into the search bar. Authorizer? We have that as well.</p> <p>Whatever you need it for or level of data you are interested in, the Charter School Data Dashboard is your one-stop-shop for all things charter school data. The Data Dashboard supports the on-going research on charter schools to ensure that all students have equitable access to a high-quality education.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Yueting (Cynthia) Xu is the data specialist at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4>Explore the data for yourself on the updated <a href="https://data.publiccharters.org/"><strong>Charter School Data Dashboard</strong></a>.</h4> </blockquote></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/research" hreflang="en">research</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24313&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="mOmPjf1THaaPW-5J9nf9sYJW2tV3Ll-Uipb-LWre92s"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 15 Oct 2020 13:48:01 +0000 Melinda 24313 at https://www.publiccharters.org Minnesota Parents Speak to the Power of Charter Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/10/13/minnesota-parents-speak-power-charter-schools <span>Minnesota Parents Speak to the Power of Charter Schools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/07/2020 - 15:03</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-10-13T12:00:00Z">October 13, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-10/Student%20and%20parent%20walking%20out%20of%20school.png?itok=6HFzIjP7" width="250" height="250" alt="Student and parent walking out of school" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A recent column for the Morrison County Record in Minnesota featured the unique voices of parents whose children attend Minnesota's suburban and rural charter schools. </p> <p>See what they had to say about their innovative public schools:</p> <blockquote> <p>“[Our school] has been a life-saver for him. … He’s one of the kids who slipped through the cracks. We’ve gone from a sullen kid who doesn’t smile much to a youngster who is excited about school and has many friends.”</p> <p>- Melissa Sondrol, Northwest Passage High School parent</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>“[My daughter] was able to give one of my daughters an IEP after years of fighting the public school system to get her IEP meeting. Within 30 days of starting PACT, she had a full education plan set up and services started to help her reach her full potential.”</p> <p>- Catherine Gallo, PACT Charter School parent</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>“I enrolled my daughter at Swan River Montessori in Monticello so she could get a hands on education that embraces her curiosity and challenges her academically. The school staff go above and beyond and have been simply wonderful. My child has flourished in the Montessori environment and we are thankful to be part of the Swan River family.”</p> <p>- Amanda Glunz, Swan River Montessori parent</p> </blockquote> <p>The column also featured key findings from a recent report by the Center for School Change. Here are some of the findings about Minnesota's charter and district school demographics: </p> <ul> <li>Minnesota’s charter schools serve a higher percentage of students from low-income families, students of color, and students for whom English is a second language than district schools.</li> <li>About half of charter public school enrollment is in suburbs and greater Minnesota.</li> <li>K-12 enrollment at charter schools in the last 18 years grew from 10,162 in 2001 to 61,944 in 2019. Meanwhile traditional enrollment went from 831,535 to 806,055. Though the majority of students are enrolled in district schools, there is steady movement into charter schools when given the option.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <p><em>Joe Nathan is the director of the Center for School Change. Read his original piece in the <strong><a href="https://www.hometownsource.com/morrison_county_record/free/parents-explain-charter-school-enrollment/article_9b57132e-04b2-11eb-91c9-1bb08efa3bed.html">Morrison County Record</a></strong>. </em></p></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24273&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="zllQA4-Lti2OVM5HMrOdlITqAF-dDNH5ACXYcXlxGnE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 07 Oct 2020 19:03:11 +0000 Melinda 24273 at https://www.publiccharters.org Safe School Reopening: COVID-19 Outbreak Map for Charter Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/10/08/safe-school-reopening-covid-19-outbreak-map-charter-schools <span>Safe School Reopening: COVID-19 Outbreak Map for Charter Schools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/01/2020 - 14:25</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/adam-gerstenfeld" hreflang="en">Adam Gerstenfeld</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-10-08T12:00:00Z">October 8, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-10/Students%20getting%20screened%20for%20fever%20square%20shape.png?itok=osqDsFo_" width="250" height="250" alt="Students getting screened for fever" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Public charter schools serve over 3 million students from a variety of backgrounds, including high proportions of students of color and those from low-income families. Students who live in the very communities that have been hit the hardest during the pandemic, causing parents to worry if they can send their child to school safely.</p> <p>On the other side of the coin, school leaders and districts are making tough decisions when it comes to school reopening plans to make sure they protect their teachers, students, and staff. Education policymakers also need to make informed decision for their communities.</p> <p>These decisions require that schools have the best possible data available, especially close to home, with a tool to gauge which school districts could be most be affected by COVID-19.</p> <p>In response to these needs, the National Alliance created a new resource that <a href="https://covid.publiccharters.org/district-map"><strong>maps the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak data</strong></a> for selected school districts with high charter enrollment share. The map offers a wealth of information as we take a breath after starting the 2020-21 school year.</p> <h3>What does the map do?</h3> <p>The interactive map tracks charter-heavy school districts where new cases are rising and identifies what areas might be especially vulnerable to outbreaks given their community demographics. The map displays every public school district with over 10% charter share and 10,000 student total enrollment and ranks their vulnerability based on three metrics:</p> <ol start="1"> <li> <p>Average of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents (data courtesy of the New York Times)</p> </li> </ol> <ol start="2"> <li> <p>School district poverty levels (data courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau)</p> </li> </ol> <ol start="3"> <li> <p>COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index (data courtesy of the Surgo Foundation)</p> </li> </ol> <p>Users can toggle between these three layers on the interactive map.</p> <h3>Tell me more about the data.</h3> <p>The <a href="https://precisionforcovid.org/ccvi">COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index (CCVI)</a> is based off the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's <a href="https://svi.cdc.gov/">Social Vulnerability Index</a><a href="https://svi.cdc.gov/"> (SVI)</a>—a metric which gauges the extent of vulnerability in American communities. The CCVI takes the information from the SVI—a ranking of vulnerability informed by U.S. Census information—but also incorporates healthcare and epidemiological factors into the ranking.</p> <p>The map also includes a ranked list of the most vulnerable charter-heavy school districts, from 1-215. This ranking is an analysis of all three layers, where we have coded the data to consider the three strains of information and display a ranked vulnerability list. You can read more about our process in the map’s Methodology section.</p> <img alt="COVID-19 Outbreak Map from covid.publiccharters.org" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f67b5f58-c2b7-4ff5-a600-7557c7568f02" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/COVID%20map.png" class="align-center" /> <h3>Who is it for?</h3> <p>The map tracking COVID-19 outbreaks in school district areas should serve as a guide for state resources, giving charter school leaders and advocates guidelines for what communities could be threatened more heavily than others. Parents and student can also access the public use map to inform their own decision-making.</p> <p lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US">For more information on the latest charter school data, we have created the Charter School Data Dashboard, a useful tool for charter school advocates, charter support organizations, and lawmakers at the state and federal levels when considering policies that would affect families who choose charter schools.</p> <h3>What can we expect next?</h3> <p>The map will be updated bimonthly with the latest COVID-19 case data. We will also include more specific information about state and local legislation that can affect each of these districts.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Adam Gerstenfeld is the manager of data and research at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4>Find more information on your area with the <a href="https://covid.publiccharters.org/district-map"><strong>COVID-19 outbreak map</strong></a> by school district.</h4> </blockquote></div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24224&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="JPs14abB3cSH5Lay47xkJpxRP0wBY6r-hA88pPhK_L0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 01 Oct 2020 18:25:32 +0000 Melinda 24224 at https://www.publiccharters.org Rethink K-12 Education Models Grants Support Virtual and Student-Centered Learning https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/09/29/rethink-k-12-education-models-grants-support-virtual-and-student-centered <span>Rethink K-12 Education Models Grants Support Virtual and Student-Centered Learning</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/29/2020 - 14:17</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/fiona-sheridan-mciver" hreflang="en">Fiona Sheridan-McIver</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-09-29T12:00:00Z">September 29, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-09/REM%20grants.png?itok=hmCs-T1y" width="250" height="250" alt="Student in classroom with headphones" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools into a period of unprecedented instructional adaptation and innovation. Even as school systems continue to explore strategies to meet students’ immediate needs, educators around the country are imagining new approaches to education that will better serve <em>all</em> students. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The new <a href="https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-devos-awards-more-180-million-states-rethinking-k-12-education-better-meet-students%E2%80%99-needs-during-coronavirus-disruption"><strong>Rethink K-12 Education Models (REM) Grants</strong></a> offer funds to help states address the dual challenge of serving students during the pandemic and cultivating new models for equitable, student-centered learning. Funded by the Education Stabilization Fund created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the competitive REM grants will provide more than $180 million in funding to 11 states with an emphasis on states hardest hit by the virus. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Here are the three categories the grant is funding and examples of how states plan to use their REM grants:</span></span></span></p> <ol> <li> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Microgrants to ensure families have access to technology and services to equitably participate in distance learning</strong></span></span></span></h3> </li> </ol> <p><span><span><span>Louisiana ($17M): Louisiana will target young learners with microgrants for families to access remote learning programs, tutoring, devices, and internet hotspots. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Tennessee ($20M): Tennessee will focus on literacy supports for early learners most impacted by school closures with microgrants to families to access tutoring, technology, and other supplemental materials.</span></span></span></p> <ol start="2"> <li> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Virtual learning courses and programs that allow students to access classes not offered at their school</strong></span></span></span></h3> </li> </ol> <p><span><span><span>Rhode Island ($10.9M): Rhode Island will expand its existing Advanced Course Network, an innovative course access program that allows students around the state to take courses not available at their home schools. Funds will help expand virtual course options, add core instructional materials, create a student advisor program, and improve the program’s technology platform for greater accessibility. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Texas ($20M): The Texas Home Learning program will direct support to English language learners through augmented support for existing courses, implementation assistance for teachers and families, and professional development for teachers on evidence-based instruction. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Iowa ($17.7M): Iowa will create the Iowa e-Learning Central platform to support a statewide virtual learning environment, develop foundational course content, support educators, and serve as a hub for families.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Georgia ($18.6M): Georgia will ensure statewide access to the existing Georgia Virtual School by improving infrastructure and providing teacher professional development on personalized learning to improve outcomes for all students. </span></span></span></p> <ol start="3"> <li> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Innovative new models for remote education that give every child the opportunity to prepare for a successful life</strong></span></span></span></h3> </li> </ol> <p><span><span><span>South Carolina ($15M): South Carolina plans to create a digital education ecosystem that will increase the availability of resources throughout the state, including in areas without broadband access through the innovative use of <a href="https://www.scetv.org/stories/education/2020/south-carolina-etv-explore-use-datacasting-technology-education"><strong>datacasting</strong></a>. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>New York ($20M): New York is focused on building educator capacity with a new Teaching in Remote/Hybrid Learning Environments program whose impact will eventually reach 1.9 million students. The program will improve remote instruction for the most vulnerable students, especially English language learners and students with disabilities.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>North Carolina ($17.6M): North Carolina plans to develop Light the Way, a state-wide blended learning program that will prioritize support to rural and economically disadvantaged communities. The state will partner with school districts, charter schools, and local universities to develop and implement the program.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>South Dakota ($6.9M): South Dakota plans to invest in educators through professional development for at least 1,600 teachers that ensures that every school has at least one teacher certified in online instruction. The state will also invest in family engagement and develop resources to help parents understand the educational options available to them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Maine ($17M): Maine will implement a multi-faceted approach to remote learning that will encourage “Education Engineers”—both practitioners and university partners—to pilot new remote learning models. Maine will support these innovations with workshops, microgrants for field testing new models, an online community of practice, and more. </span></span></span></p> <p><br /> <span><span><span>REM grants are supporting innovation in 11 states, but the entire education community has the chance to imagine a more equitable system for all students. Charter schools around the country already <a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/our-work/publications/how-charter-schools-served-students-during-covid-19-closures"><strong>showed it can be done</strong></a><strong> </strong>when they needed to go above and beyond for students during the pandemic.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It’s impossible to predict what the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be on public education, but the primary goal must be to serve our students better. Luckily, REM grants get us one step closer.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><em>Fiona Sheridan-McIver is the senior manager of government relations at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/us-department-education" hreflang="en">U.S. Department of Education</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24196&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="9VlKXf3TEcu59WV9eqJXEnme8-con426TKkQ4Y6x7YY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 29 Sep 2020 18:17:53 +0000 Melinda 24196 at https://www.publiccharters.org Congratulations to 19 Charter Schools Honored as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/09/28/charter-schools-2020-national-blue-ribbon-schools <span>Congratulations to 19 Charter Schools Honored as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Mon, 09/28/2020 - 14:28</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/melinda-tolliver" hreflang="en">Melinda Tolliver</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-09-25T12:00:00Z">September 25, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-09/16%20Charter%20Schools%20named%20as%202020%20National%20Blue%20Ribbon%20Schools.png?itok=fTAorGcT" width="250" height="250" alt="Group of high school students" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Each year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program from the U.S. Department of Education recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. And each year, a number of public charter schools make the cut and are recognized for their outstanding work on behalf of students. </p> <p>This year we celebrate the 19 charter schools awarded as 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools:</p> <ul> <li>Eagle Academy Charter School (Alaska)</li> <li>Mexicayotl Charter School (Arizona)</li> <li>Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School (California)</li> <li>LaVerne Elementary Preparatory Academy (California)</li> <li>Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary School (California)</li> <li>Wilder's Preparatory Academy Charter Middle (California)</li> <li>Highline Academy Southeast  (Colorado)</li> <li>KIPP DC Lead Academy (Washington, D.C.)</li> <li>Somerset Academy Middle South Miami (Florida)</li> <li>Somerset Academy Miramar South (Florida)</li> <li>Academy for Classical Education (Georgia)</li> <li>Johnson Elementary School (Georgia)</li> <li>Herron High School (Indiana)</li> <li>South Bronx Classical Charter School (New York)</li> <li>Constellation Schools: Westpark Community Elementary School (Ohio)</li> <li>John Rex Charter School (Oklahoma)</li> <li>Kingston Hill Academy (Rhode Island)</li> <li>Vista Academy of Austin-Mueller (Texas)</li> <li>Poder Academy (Wyoming)</li> </ul> <p>Thank you for your work serving students!</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Melinda Tolliver is the senior manager of digital strategy at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/us-department-education" hreflang="en">U.S. Department of Education</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24186&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="5ENi63KWsXV_bR07FMIssGc6DpW5NFzTam5lE-ez0P0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:28:17 +0000 Melinda 24186 at https://www.publiccharters.org What a New Harvard Study Shows About Student Performance in Charter Schools https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/09/11/what-new-harvard-study-shows-about-student-performance-charter-schools <span>What a New Harvard Study Shows About Student Performance in Charter Schools</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:55</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/christy-wolfe" hreflang="en">Christy Wolfe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-09-11T12:00:00Z">September 11, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-09/shutterstock_126952106%20%281%29.png?itok=PAIE1zwG" width="250" height="250" alt="Black student in classroom with iPad" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The evidence—both anecdotal and quantitative—has consistently shown that public charter schools use the flexibilities in their school models to best serve students, especially those who are historically underserved by public schools. Now we have even more.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.educationnext.org/charter-schools-show-steeper-upward-trend-student-achievement-first-nationwide-study/">new study</a> from Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance leverages data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to look at trends in charter school student performance compared to district school students. The results are significant and demonstrate how charter schools have improved as a sector and made a significant positive impact on students.</p> <p>At the National Alliance we follow studies of student achievement at charter schools closely: this is the first nationally significant study since 2015. But not only is it a key update, it looks at charter school performance in new ways, utilizing data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress that have only recently become available to researchers. Here are some of the most significant findings:</p> <h3><strong>1. This is the first study to use nationally representative data to track changes in student achievement within public schools.</strong></h3> <p>This is important because the authors look at the pace of improvement—student performance growth over time. Up until now studies have typically compared the average performance of students. With that lens, the findings show the pace of improvement in charter schools is faster over the 12-year span. The sample examined by the researchers include more than 4 million test performances.</p> <h3><strong>2. Charter schools have improved over the years</strong>.</h3> <p>On average, district schools outperformed charter schools in 2005 in both the 4th and 8th grades—particularly in math. By 2017 those differences had disappeared. While the study doesn’t address all the possibilities explaining the improvement, it suggests the closure of lower performing schools and replacing them with more effective ones is a factor.</p> <h3><strong>3. Overall students are advancing at a faster pace in charter schools – especially Black students and students from low-income backgrounds</strong>.</h3> <p>Overall eighth graders attending charter schools show learning gains that are 3 months ahead of their district school peers from 2005 to 2017. Black students in particular were an additional 6 months ahead. Given that one in three charter school students is Black, this is especially noteworthy. Scores of those in the bottom 25% of the socioeconomic distribution increased nearly twice as much as those of students in district schools.</p> <h3><strong>4. Charter school growth slowdowns are likely due to political resistance and increasing concerns about the charter schools as innovative disrupters</strong>.</h3> <p>One reason the authors undertook the study was to identify whether performance is tied to the decline in new charter school growth that we’ve seen since 2017. And their findings show that the answer is no. Given rising achievement levels at charter schools—it is unlikely that any slowdown in growth is due to declining productivity.</p> <p>What the data from this study shows us is that—as we have already seen in prior research—charter schools are largely working for students, but especially students who are historically disadvantaged. In addition, aligns with the findings from a <strong><a href="https://bellwethereducation.org/publication/clearing-air-analysis-federal-charter-schools-program">recent study from Bellwether Education Partners</a></strong> looking at federal funds for opening up new charter schools and how it has evolved and contributed to opening more high-quality schools.</p> <p>Taken together, the research shows charter schools are finding what works through innovation, replicating their success, and ultimately producing accelerated achievement gains for students.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>Christy Wolfe is the vice president of policy and planning at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. </em></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4><strong>Take a look at a summary of the <a href="https://www.educationnext.org/charter-schools-show-steeper-upward-trend-student-achievement-first-nationwide-study/">Harvard research on student performance</a>.</strong></h4> </blockquote></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tags/student-performance" hreflang="en">student performance</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24065&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="EW7p7tnz9hzNIqRzYHuQRjAi2x_H3qt7yhQbvkXydZE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 11 Sep 2020 14:55:55 +0000 Melinda 24065 at https://www.publiccharters.org Charter Schools Leverage “Pandemic Pods” Equitably to Meet Student Needs https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/09/08/charter-schools-leverage-pandemic-pods-equitably-meet-student-needs <span>Charter Schools Leverage “Pandemic Pods” Equitably to Meet Student Needs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/03/2020 - 09:58</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/fiona-sheridan-mciver" hreflang="en">Fiona Sheridan-McIver</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-09-08T12:00:00Z">September 8, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-09/Charter%20School%20Pandemic%20Pods%20Stock%20Photo%20%281%29.png?itok=JHqZsmRR" width="250" height="250" alt="Small group photo with teacher" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Facing an unprecedented back-to-school season, many families are looking for solutions to the challenge of juggling remote learning and work. As many schools reopen with remote learning, “pandemic pods”—where families pool resources to share childcare and education responsibilities—have received a lot of attention as a potential solution. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A pod can take many forms, but in general it is a small group of students clustered to receive essential services while limiting the circle of social interaction to minimize risk during the pandemic. A pod can provide a lifeline for parents working outside the home or struggling to manage at-home work while supporting remote learning. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>While many families are independently forming pods, schools and community organizations can also leverage the concept to promote educational equity. Around the country, innovative public schools are exploring ways to leverage pods to serve their most vulnerable students and families in these challenging times.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>These are three main ways we’re seeing pods being used by charter schools to promote equity in educational access:</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>1. Hybrid Model: In-School Cohorts and Virtual Learning</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>One option in areas where schools may be able to safely reopen but lack capacity to maintain social distancing is to adopt a hybrid pod model where some students learn in self-contained in-school cohorts (pods) while others continue to learn virtually. Students in these cohorts receive instruction, academic support, and other services in school buildings, but stay with their cohort all day to minimize potential transmission and facilitate contact tracing. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Many charter schools are emphasizing equity in cohorts by prioritizing students with the greatest needs. Here are a few we can learn from in New York:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://www.ascendlearning.org/coronavirus/">Ascend Public Charter Schools</a> has broken the school year into smaller phases with a plan to reassess whether in-person learning is possible for each phase. This approach was guided by family input from surveys and virtual town hall meetings as well as guidance from public health officials. Given space limitations, Ascend will prioritize in-person learning for key grade levels as well as for students in any grade level with special circumstances, challenges, or needs that are not easily met through distance learning. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://www.excellencecommunityschools.org/">Excellence Community Schools</a> planned for the possibility of both hybrid and fully remote models. In their hybrid model, scholars are assigned to one of two self-contained cohorts that would attend school in person two days a week and engage in distance learning on the other days, with one day a week reserved for deep cleaning and teacher professional development. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://www.kippnyc.org/remote-learning/">KIPP NYC</a> planned for a hybrid model where students in the youngest grades and with the highest learning needs receive in-person instruction in small cohorts while others remain virtual. All schools will limit cohort size to around 15 students, minimize the number of adults working in each room, serve meals in classrooms, and establish procedures for social distancing, cleaning, handwashing, and more. </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><strong>2. School-Based Remote Learning Centers</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Other charter schools have chosen to establish school-based remote learning centers. In this model, instruction continues virtually, but families can choose to send their children to a safe, socially distanced, and distraction-free environment outside the home to engage in distance learning with other students from their school. </span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><a href="https://breakthroughschools.org/remote-learning-centers/">Breakthrough Public Schools</a> in Ohio, for example, is offering remote learning centers to support families who need it most. The centers will operate out of Breakthrough buildings in partnership with Open Doors Academy (ODA), a community organization that offers year-round out-of-school learning. As instruction continues virtually, ODA staff will supervise small groups capped at nine students. If demand exceeds capacity, Breakthough will prioritize students without an adult at home during the school day. </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><strong>3. Community-Based Remote Learning Centers</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Many charter schools are also connecting families to pods operated by community organizations or local governments. These community-based remote learning centers are not associated with a specific school, but offer safe spaces for supervised learning, access to wifi and devices, meals, and often other enrichment activities such as art, sports, and recreation. Some of these centers are free services while others have some cost which can often be covered by scholarships or childcare subsidies.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A few examples:</span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span>In Wisconsin, the Carmen Schools of Science and Technology directed students to the Boys and Girls Club of Milwaukee which offered <a href="https://www.bgcmilwaukee.org/fall-registration/">in-Club support for remote learning</a>, with small group sizes and access to other Club activities. </span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>The City of New Orleans in Louisiana opened free <a href="https://nola.gov/office-of-youth-and-families/community-learning-hubs/">Community Learning Hubs</a> in libraries and recreation facilities for students attending charter schools in the city. The Hubs are targeted at students who are without internet access, lack adult supervision during the school day, or live in challenging home environments. YMCAs around the country are also expanding their offerings to include <a href="https://www.ymca.net/child-care-and-out-of-school-time#out-of-school">remote learning centers</a> that are open to all. </span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span>These are just a few of the innovative public schools that have leveraged the pandemic pod concept in equitable and productive ways to benefit their students. As schools adjust to the new normal in education, we look forward to seeing more of how schools are best serving students by using a flexible school model.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><em>Fiona Sheridan-McIver is the senior manager of policy &amp; government relations at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4><span><span><span>Have other equitable pod ideas to share? Let’s hear them in the comments section.</span></span></span></h4> </blockquote></div> <section> <h2>Comments</h2> <article data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-339" class="comment js-comment"> <div> <h3> <a href="/comment/339#comment-339" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="en">new leave school app</a> </h3> <div class="metabar"> <div class="metabar__item">September 11, 2020 - 05:09pm</div> <div class="metabar__item"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">energizing marketing</span></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There is a *free* app you can listen to which includes links to everything it references for more info and teaches young people how to learn without school. It was made with adolescents in mind, but the concept apply to all ages. Most importantly, it was written just before Covid and it all still applies. Covid cannot stop an empowered self-directed learning from continuing their education. Don’t believe me? Go to LEAVE-SCHOOL.com And listen for yourself.</p> </div> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=339&amp;1=default&amp;2=en&amp;3=" token="xz8_U8d-z8_vimQGDhnu0zYOISKR8eaYdSY0zZ41VZ0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=24014&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="-CwAGda3svSpIXir-zPPDtZXb0M47znXEh3lWe3Z0yM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 13:58:00 +0000 Melinda 24014 at https://www.publiccharters.org